Karen joined the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as Manager of the NICE Framework in October 2020. NICE, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. As a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work, the NICE Framework improves communication about how to identify, recruit, develop, and retain cybersecurity talent. Prior to joining NICE, Karen served as Director of the Community Groups and Working Groups programs at EDUCAUSE. In her tenure at the association, she participated in numerous core teams to provide strategic insight into association efforts. Previously, Karen served as Standards Program Manager for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).
Karen specializes in identifying, communicating, and developing guidance around key issues, emerging trends, and opportunities of special interest. She works with a diverse range of experts to create content, hold events, and share ideas on topics such as leadership and workforce development, digital transformation, community building, and organizational change. She holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA from Boston College, and an MLS from the Catholic University of America.